Dear Editor,There is a buzz across the length and breadth of Guyana from residents of communities in designated Local Authority Areas (LAAs). There is an emerged display of upbeat but yet impatient enthusiasm to advance their representatives of choices to the Municipal and Neighborhood Councils.Words from the streets seem to indicate an unwavering determination to not only take a stance against the many public Government excesses, but also to cushion the increasing negative impacts of the imposed ‘tax-based pressure pot’ system.The uneasy quiet created has drawn questionable reactions from the Government, to the extent that even the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has become observably unbalanced.The focal issue of ‘gerrymandering’ of constituency boundaries in LAAs is factual, and indeed worrying. This is given the actual silence of GECOM on the effect of the shifting of boundaries on the actual preparation of interested groups and persons who intend to contest the election for those specific areas. Although the boundary issues for some areas are not yet finalised, it is known that GECOM has published August 29, 2018 as the date of submission for symbols and September 21, 2018 as nomination date. This definitively puts persons at a disadvantage.Following justified criticisms from various publics, including the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), the situation could not have been better highlighted, but for the PNC/R Commissioner Vincent Alexander’s futile and unwitting attempt to defend both the Minister of Communities as well as GECOM on the issue. According to his recent article, captioned GECOM’s hands tied in drawing of new constituencies for LGE, Alexander, while being silent on the impact on preparation of contesting persons, posits that “GECOM has to proceed with the exercise of redrawing boundaries to facilitate an increase in the Local Authority Areas (LAA) ahead of Local Government Elections (LGE) set for November 12th.”In context, it is necessary for Mr Alexander to clarify certain woolen bandages he seeks to pull over the eyes of citizens, based on his statement that boundaries are being drawn up on natural boundaries, population as well as interest groups.What is meant by natural boundaries? Is it not clear that the natural boundaries that we had in all previous LGE are now being manipulated so as to change the demographics in fourteen NDCs? When he spoke about population demographics as the basis for the changes, he should also let the nation know that shifting targeted reducing the influence of strong PPP councillors in certain constituencies.I contend that in lieu of the need to have a transparent process implemented, an accepted approach of engagement by GECOM should have been pursued prior to recommendations being advanced to the minister. This is obvious, since persons like Mr Alexander and the Hon Minister of Communities are from one political party, and more likely would have had prior knowledge of the proposed changes, which by extension allow greater preparation time to secretly establish on the ground.Sincerely,Neil Kumar
While some are of the view that perpetrators of child abuse suffer from some form of mental health illness, the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) is in the process of commencing a survey to determine the root causes of this social scourge with the aim of preventing them from occurring in the future.Child Care Protection Agency Director, Ann GreeneThe Director of the agency, Ann Greene, in a recent interview with Guyana Times, admitted that currently, the CCPA does not take on the responsibility of sitting down with abusers to find out the reasons for their behaviour.However, with abuse cases seemingly sky-rocketing in the past few years, this venture has now become more necessary than ever.“Personally, we don’t [converse with perpetrators] but the whole processing of a perpetrator, even when they go to the prison, they have to analyse the man because you going there for rehabilitation so when they enter prison these things got to be done. If you are a child abuser, they need to be evaluated and find out what’s happening so they can do the whole rehabilitation. So, it is not done say by us but to tell you that people who abuse children something got to be wrong”, Greene stated.As a consequence, the Child Care Director spoke of the need for the survey, which will hopefully commence soon in the prisons, to learn why abusers resort to these acts.“There is a mental issue and, in fact, I am looking at doing a research this year to show something. I am hoping to do a research this year and go into the prisons and talk to all those serious offenders to prove something that I have done a literature review on it but I am actually going to do a research to really come out with some evidence because people who abuse children, you got to got some mental health issues”.Last year, over 4900 cases of child abuse were recorded. In fact, the CCPA noted that by the end of October 2018, the agency had already responded to 4352 child abuse reports, which happens to be the highest number of reported cases ever for the period.In fact, a 25.4 per cent increase was recorded when compared with figures for the same period of the previous year. Only recently, a report conducted by Child Link revealed that there have been three times the sexual violence cases against boys, while girls continue to be the dominant victims of such acts. (Davina Ramdass)
The Dawson Creek Rage and Alaska Avalanche met for the third and final game of the series on Wednesday night. The visiting Dawson Creek Rage was looking to build on their improved play over the week. The Rage did just that as Tyson McCallum made it 1-0 just over a minute into the first period. As the frame was coming to an end a few home ice bounces allowed Alaska to score back too back shorthanded goals. The score was 2-1 after 20.The second period started with Dawson Creek working to get chances and build on their previous period. It didn’t take long for Jason Wark to tie the game at 2 and give his team some momentum. The game continued up and down and ice as it had been all night. The Av’s would score to make it 3-2 late in the second. Dawson Creek then pushed back with captain Scott Fellnermayr making it a 3-3 hockey game with a slap shot down the wing.The third period was underway with both teams getting opportunities early. Eventually Alaska would be awarded a power play and much like they have before were able to capitalize making it 4-3. The Rage fought back till the end but the score would remain 4-3 for the Avalanche. – Advertisement -The Rage will now head to Fairbanks for two games this weekend.
Member of Parliament and sport enthusiast, Jermaine Figuiera on Tuesday August 21 added his name to the long list of sponsors in the ongoing Guinness Cage Street Football Championship when he donated several balls to the tournament organizer Three Peat Promotions.Jermaine FigueriaThe seasoned football administrator and native Lindener who is currently ascending to great heights in the political community stated that he is committed to the development of sports especially at the community and grass root levels, in which he believes are the foundations of discipline. He also stated that such initiatives foster social cohesion in a nation that is ethnically diverse and declared that he will always be supportive of such enterprises that aim to bring communities together while allowing individuals to expose their talent.Figuiera also provided incentives in the form of a pair of brand new football turfs that will be given to the Most Valuable Player [MVP] of the tournament. He believes that this will help improve the overall quality of the event as it will award the players talent and skill.The tournament that started out with 24 teams continues on Saturday with the round of 16 and quarterfinals at the Haslington market tarmac from 19:00h.Among the entities who have pledged their loyal support to the tournament are; Banks DIH under its Guinness and Power Wine brands, Clarks footwear giants Chetsons, E- Networks Inc., KSM Investments, Yhip’s Bakery, Brass Aluminum & Cast Iron Foundry (BACIF), Ray’s Auto Sales, Y.K. Investments, Trophy Stall, Express Shipping, Woodpecker Products, National Sports Commission, ‘C’ Division of the Guyana Police Force, Jai Signs and Auto Designs, Gaming Authority, Julius Variety Store and C and C Prestigious Styles.Round 16 matches(1)- Hustlers vs. North East La Penitence-19:00h(2)- Broad Street vs. Alexander Village-19:20h(3)- Tiger Bay vs. Avocado Ballers-19:40h(4)- Leopold Street vs. Albouystown-20:00h(5)- Sparta Boss vs. Back Circle-20:20h(6)- Ol Skool Ballers vs. BV-B-20:40h(7)- Blazers vs. Vryheid’s Lust-21:00h(8)- Uprising vs. Plaisance-21:20hQuarterfinals(9)-Winner of 1 vs. Winner of 2-22:00h(10)-Winner of 3 vs. Winner of 5-22:20h(11)-Winner of 4 vs. Winner of 6-22:40h(12)-Winner of 7 vs. Winner of 8-23:00h
Dr. Joseph Bonner has recently successfully completed a professional course in Implant Dentistry, which took him overseas to Malmö Sweden. This course, run over multiple terms, covered in-depth training in implant surgery and prosthetics.His successful completion of this course, from one of the leading dental universities, will no doubt instill added trust among his patients and prospective patients alike. This qualification certifies Dr. Bonner to perform surgical and prosthetic implant treatment in accordance with evidence-based and scientific principles, and as such he is included in a listing of certified clinicians on the Malmö University website.Dental Implants are widely regarded as the premium solution to replace missing teeth.Since he first offered Dental Implants as a treatment option back in 2011, Dr. Bonner has seen a steady increase in the uptake of the treatment, of which some of the benefits are listed below.For further information or to book a consultation with Dr. Bonner or one of his associates at Ready Steady Smiles, call 074 97 21508. Further information can also be found on www.readysteadysmiles.comThe Benefits of Dental Implants over traditional treatments:Next best thing to healthy, natural teeth:Strong and stable, a dental implant restores a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth. Other options can lead to bone deterioration, and may interfere with eating, smiling, speaking and other activities of everyday life.Enjoy life without worrying about your teeth: No need to stay home or feel uncomfortable in public, embarrassed because your smile looks different, or worrying that missing teeth will limit your ability to join in the fun or that removable dentures or tooth-supported replacement teeth will loosen or fall out when you talk, eat or laugh.Teeth restored with dental implants are teeth that let you, not your teeth, lead your life.Retain your natural face shape, and smile:A face without teeth can sag and appear sunken and sad. Dental implants allow you to maintain the natural shape of your face and smile. Protect healthy bone:Leaving empty spaces in your mouth after losing one or more teeth can lead to additional health issues, such as the loss and deterioration of some of your jawbone.When it is not being used to support a natural tooth, the jawbone deteriorates, losing its strength and firmness.Dental implants are the only dental restoration option that preserves and stimulates natural bone, actually helping to stimulate bone growth and prevent bone loss. Keep your teeth in your mouth – not in a cup:Dental implants allow you to keep your teeth where they belong – in your mouth. And no more worrying that your dentures might slip or fall out. Brush, floss and care for teeth that have been replaced using dental implants exactly the way you would natural teeth – in your mouth.Speak easy:Adjusting to removable dentures can mean struggling to pronounce everyday words. Not so with dental implants, which function like natural teeth.Eat your favorite foods:Taste and enjoy the foods you love without hesitation. You can bite naturally, eat virtually anything you want and, unlike removable dentures that can feel uncomfortable, you can experience the full taste of the food you eat with dental implants, too.No cavities:Cavities can’t occur in an implant-restored crown, or replacement tooth; however, you will need to visit your dentist as scheduled and clean and care for it and your gums and mouth every day, the same as you would if it were a natural tooth.Protect your healthy teeth:Placing a tooth-supported bridge requires grinding away the teeth on one or both sides of the missing tooth or teeth – thereby damaging healthy teeth to restore those that are missing. The modified healthy teeth are attached to, and support, the bridge.Dental implants go in the jawbone, in the spot where your missing tooth root was, without impacting healthy teeth. They also help prevent healthy, adjacent teeth from shifting as they would if an empty space were left for an extended period of time.Built to last. Dental implants are a long-term solution:Traditional, tooth-supported dental bridges need to be replaced periodically. While dental implants need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time.More predictable than other repair and restoration methods:Dental implant treatment has a track record of reliable, long-term successful outcomes and is often considered “more predictable” than other treatments to repair or replace missing teeth.DONEGAL DENTIST LEFT ‘SMILING’ AFTER RECEIVING QUALIFICATION IN IMPLANT DENTISTRY was last modified: June 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessDental PracticeDr Joseph BonnerFeaturesnews
Depending on who you listen to, Los Angeles Unified’s high school dropout rate is as high as 50 percent, as low as 25 percent – or somewhere in between. Whoever you believe, the district’s poor graduation rate has become one of the central issues raised by critics – including Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – who say the city’s economic future depends on improving Los Angeles’ public schools, and that means producing a better educated generation of young people. In bolstering his efforts to reform the city’s education system, Villaraigosa has used figures from a Harvard University study that found that more than half of the high school students in the LAUSD drop out before getting a diploma. That has prompted a sharp rebuttal from LAUSD officials, who maintain that the dropout rate is 24.6 percent – and certainly no higher than the 33.1 percent figure determined by the state in 2003-04. But even that, educators say, isn’t good enough. “Anytime you have 24 percent, that’s a big problem; you want to reduce that. It is kind of like you’re producing something and you had 24 percent of your product that you can’t use, and that’s not good,” Superintendent Roy Romer said. “Our whole acceptance of this for a period of years is wrong, and we ought to aim at every one of these individuals and say we want to give you an opportunity to continue to educate yourself and make sure you find good employment.” Educators say the difference lies in how the rates are calculated – a process made even more difficult by the LAUSD’s massive student body, 727,000 students. In addition, a large number are immigrants, who are more difficult to track, which raises questions of whether they dropped out or simply moved elsewhere – an issue that is critical to determining the district’s success and the need for reform. “The difficulty is in finding and locating kids who have left the school – especially in LAUSD – when you’re talking about hundreds of thousands of kids in the district and there’s a lot of mobility in and out of schools and in and out of the city,” said Donna Rothenbaum, education programs consultant for the California Department of Education. “The dropout guidelines require you to really take time to find out what happened to those kids to determine if they really dropped out. It’s really resource-intensive.” The district’s efforts to improve its dropout rate could be impacted this school year, when all high school students must pass the California High School Exit Exam, which tests language arts and math proficiency, in order to graduate. Some 7,500 of the 36,000 students in the Class of 2006 still need to pass one or both parts of the exam, with just one more chance to take it this spring, officials said. If they still fail, they can attend summer school and take the test in the fall. The district is pouring resources into after-school and weekend tutorial programs for students who have not yet passed. It is that kind of targeted effort that prompted the district to calculate an 8 percentage point decline in dropout rates. In the past year, officials have pushed increased counseling, monitoring of students and personalized attention, especially in the ninth grade, the point where the district loses the bulk of its students. It targeted high-risk students such as Sara Ramos, a student at Will Rogers Continuation School who seriously thought about dropping out last year until her teachers and principal took the time to persuade her to do otherwise. Ramos, 17, said she’s been able to take classes at Pierce College, attend a UCLA summer program and get work experience at a hospital. “They give you more attention and they listen to you and there are a lot of opportunities,” said Ramos of Pacoima. The district’s long-range plans include offering more vocational education classes and improving middle school programs to ensure that students are able to handle high school work by the time they get to ninth grade. Los Angeles Unified School District officials maintain that even though they have successful programs in place to curb the dropout crisis, their inability to accurately track students makes the dropout rate appear worse than it is. Currently, California schools use the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics calculation: high school graduates and high school dropouts aggregated over a four-year period. But the state is in the process of collecting information for a statewide student tracking system that officials say will be able to track students wherever they move in California. “All the kids have already been identified. Hopefully we’ll finally start getting realistic counts of dropout rates and graduation rates,” Rothenbaum said. In the meantime, those who want to see the LAUSD broken into smaller districts or controlled by the mayor are using the most damaging numbers available to prove their case. Former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg, another advocate of reforming the LAUSD, defended the figures in the study by Harvard, which used enrollment and diploma data to calculate the dropout rate. “This is not just politicians saying something. It’s the No. 1 university in the world and they said it was 54 percent,” he said. “I think if they would not be so defensive and just focus on educating kids, I think they would do much better.” But, school board member Julie Korenstein said, it harms students as well as the district when politicians use inflated and inaccurate figures. “It’s important to give valid information and, secondly, it’s very demeaning to the people at our schools who are working so hard, because they’re being told they’re failures,” said Korenstein, who two weeks ago stormed out of a luncheon at which Villaraigosa cited the 50 percent figure during a speech. “To say a 50 percent dropout rate and, in fact, it’s 24.6 percent, is a real disservice.” Romer emphasized that contrary to the perception being perpetuated of a failing district, its progress has been faster than the average school in California’s for the past six years. It’s working on increasing the graduation rate one student at a time, and Romer said he’s certain the numbers will grow as it continues to improve student tracking accuracy, grow the small-school movement and target students at risk of dropping out. “It’s not a failing district. The district is succeeding rapidly, but we have so much more yet to go,” Romer said. “That doesn’t mean we don’t have a lot of work to do. “Unfortunately, people are throwing around gross generalities, so we hurt children when we are not using accurate information.” Ramos is one of those students the district was able to keep on track to graduation. She’s planning on attending Pierce College for two years and then transferring to UCLA to study medicine. “My principal said something that stuck. She said, picture yourself 10 years from now if you’re a dropout,” Ramos said. “I thought, uh-uh, I don’t want that to be me. I’m going to be home. I’m not going to have a job, an education, a college degree and I want to be someone in life.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 firstname.lastname@example.org AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Pace presents a bold new vision for a continent that is as contemporary as it is African. It challenges perceptions of African craft and design to witness a continent on the cutting edge, where traditional meets contemporary. Tekura: Tekura Designs has turned export-oriented contemporary African furniture into a sustainable enterprise. The minimalism and modernity of the pieces earned praise at the International Contemporary Furniture Faire in New York and won the 2008 Africa SMME Award in the trade sector. The Pan African Craft Exhibition (Pace) opened at the Gauteng Craft and Design Centre on Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton on 21 June and runs until 31 July. Aida Duplessis: Aida Duplessis’ studio in Mali has pioneered the use of scented vetiver root in African soft furnishings. Her understated design ethic highlights the organic tone and texture of her materials. World’s biggest necklace: young Nigerian artist Okechuku creates immense jewellery pieces from bronze, wood, beads and found objects. The piece being exhibited, GIANT takes jewellery to an absurd scale, rendering it unwearable and playing on the futility of excessive adornment. The exhibition is open from Monday to Friday, from 09:00 to 18:00; on Saturday from 09:00 16:00; and on Sunday from 09:00 to 13:00. Entrance is free. The Craft and Design Centre is also the dedicated hub of the Gauteng Gateway 2010 International Media Centre for the duration of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. 24 June 2010 Curators Adam Levin and Andile Magengelele have scoured the African continent in search of unusual new pieces that base their identity less on ethnicity and more on shape, texture or individual creativity. Kente Digital: Ghana’s master Kente cloth weaver, Nana Kwaku Duah II, mixes technology and tradition, working on a computer to create his new designs while handweaving each square on a double-heddle loom and then stitching them together. Aboubakar Fofana: Mali’s pre-eminent textile artist fuses ancient indigo dying techniques with Japanese shibori techniques of wrapping, tying and folding the cloth, which he studied in Kyoto, in Japan. Exhibitors include: Seringa: working chiefly in Kenya, Virginia Greenwell uses traditional Masai symbols and beadwork, along with Nigerian sacks or Kuba cloth from Democratic Republic of Congo, to create a chic, contemporary range of luggage and accessories. Cutting-edge craftwork is on display at the Pan African Craft Exhibition in Johannesburg, where convention and stereotypes are being challenged as craft blurs with fashion and decor. The Lovers Drum: djembe drums are ubiquitous in West Africa. This Lovers Drum has been inscribed with a love letter, in a colloquial mixture of Twe, English and pidgin. It reads: “You are as sweet to me as toffee. I beg. I love you more than Harmattan pawpaw.” The exhibition is supported by the City of Johannesburg, Gauteng provincial government, Gauteng Craft and Design Centre and the national Department of Arts and Culture. Highlights include Ronel Jordaan’s new felt chair, Kpando Pottery’s earthy forms from Ghana and Malian master dyer Aboubakar Fofana, who has created a unique indigo masterpiece. Source: City of Johannesburg
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary pushed pause on the enforcement of the Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR) passed by Toledo voters in February.On March 18, Judge Zouhary issued a preliminary injunction on LEBOR in the lawsuit filed by Wood County farmer Mark Drewes after Toledo voters passed LEBOR in a special election. Both Toledo and Drewes agreed to the injunction, which is a positive step according to Ohio Farm Bureau.“Farm Bureau stands strong with Mark and his family and we appreciate that this injunction will prevent the law from taking effect while the case filed by the Drewes family is litigated,” said Adam Sharp, executive vice president of the Ohio Farm Bureau. “We are happy to see the Court order a preliminary injunction delaying the enforcement of the Lake Erie Bill of Rights. This decision is one step closer to protecting farmers in the Lake Erie Watershed from costly lawsuits brought on by LEBOR.”
There aren’t a great many things more precious than your labor. You spend much of your time working. In fact, you spend a great deal of your life working. It matters a great deal what you do with that time. The work you do matters. How you do the work matters, too. And it matters with whom—and for whom—you do that work.If you want to invest your work—and your life—with meaning, you have to give yourself over to it.What You DoIt matters very much what you do. It doesn’t matter what kind of work you do; it could really be anything. What matters is what you do.In this Information Age, we knowledge workers have a lot of freedom and a lot of choices about what we do with our time. We have choices as to what work we choose to engage with and when we do it. We can choose work that makes a difference. Or we can choose something less.Are you focused on the highest value creating work you have available to you? Or are you focused on trivialities, novelties, and distractions? How much of your time is spent in the areas that really make a difference for you, for your company, and for your clients?Work is fulfilling when you give yourself over to what’s really important. If you are bored at work, if you find it uninspiring, try turning away from the distractions and focusing on the work that makes a difference.How You Do the WorkDo you treat your work like a master craftsman, deliberately making certain that your work is of the highest quality you are capable of producing? Or do you dabble, putting forth the minimum effort necessary to skate by?How you do the work matters. It matters that do the highest quality work possible. How you do the work makes a statement about who you are, for good or for ill. Your work is a demonstration of your expertise, your professionalism, and your dedication to your craft. Or it’s the product of “doing your job.”Lose yourself in your work. Give yourself over it. Treat each piece of work as if it is a statement of who you are, what you stand for, and what you believe. How you do the work matters a great deal.Who You Work For and WithToo many people believe that their target client is anyone willing to pay them for their labor. When your work is about survival, this is undeniably true. But who you work for—and who you work with—matters too.If you work for people that don’t appreciate the value you create, you will find it impossibly difficult to be satisfied with the giant part of your life that is your labor. If you work for clients that believe you are a vendor, a transaction, where little value can be created, your work will feel as meaningless as those transactions.Give yourself over to doing work that creates value for people that appreciate the value you create. For some of us, that means spending more time finding the people that appreciate the value we create. It means we have to spend more time demonstrating that the value we create is worth paying more to obtain. None of this easy, but it’s necessary if you want your work to have meaning.You spend a lot of time with your work peers, maybe more time than you spend with your family. Do you treat them like family? Do you invest in those relationships? Who you work with matters, too. You give yourself over to your team by being the business partner that you would want for yourself.Your labor is precious. Give yourself over to your work.
The beard of a Muslim dhaba owner was forcibly cut following an altercation with two young men at a saloon in Hari Nagar here. A First Information Report has been registered in this connection on charges of hurting religious sentiments.According to the police, Jaffruddin, a resident of Khandsa village, had gone for a hair cut around 6 p.m. on July 31 when two young men also reached the saloon and demanded that they be attended first. It led to an altercation between Jaffruddin and the duo who allegedly made derogatory religious remarks against him and called him “Pakistani.” The matter soon escalated and the two youth then allegedly forced the hairdresser to cut the Muslim youth’s beard.Jafruddin runs a dhaba in Sector 29. He is a native of Nuh.Station House Officer, Sector 37 Police Station, Inspector Jaibir Singh said a case was registered soon after the matter came to light and efforts were being made to arrest the accused. “The accused have been identified and would be arrested soon,” said Mr. Singh.